BoHo Theatre


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Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Book by Peter Duchan
Directed by Peter Marston Sullivan

September 5 – October 18, 2015

presented at Theater Wit

November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment, three young Marines take part in a “dogfight”– a game where the soldiers compete to bring the ugliest date, unbeknownst to the girls they bring. But when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of compassion. With some of the best new music on the current musical stage, Dogfight begins as a rousing song and dance adventure and ends as an intimate story about finding the beauty and comfort of love in the most unexpected places.

  • Rose Fenny: Emily Goldberg
  • Eddie Birdlace: Garrett Lutz
  • Boland: Matt Frye
  • Bernstein: Nick Graffagna
  • Fector: Matt Provencal
  • Stevens: Travis Austin Wright
  • Gibbs: Neil Stratman
  • Pete, Sergeant, Big Tony, et al: Peter Robel
  • Marcy, Peggy: Mary Kate Young
  • Mama, Suzette: Jillian Weingart
  • Ruth Two Bears, Chippy: Carisa Gonzalez
  • Music Director: Ellen K. Morris
  • Choreographer: Stephen Schellhardt
  • Asst. Director: Molly Layton
  • Asst. Choreographer: Zachary L. Gray
  • Scenic Designer: Patrick Ham
  • Projection Designer: Tony Churchill
  • Lighting Designer: Nicole Malmquist
  • Master Electrician: Brian Elston
  • Costume Designer: Theresa Ham
  • Asst. Costume Designer: Matt Carl
  • Wig Wrangler: Miguel Perez
  • Sound Design: Amanda Hosking
  • Props Designer: Cassy Schillo
  • Asst. Props Designer: Ryan McCain
  • Stage Manager: Dalton Long
  • Rehearsal ASM: Paul Di Ciccio
  • Production ASM: Netta Walker
  • Producer: Meg Love

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Rave reviews for Dogfight:

“Makes its way straight to the heart... Under the sensitive direction of Peter Marston Sullivan, the cast gives its all” RECOMMENDED
Chicago Sun-Times

“BoHo Theatre’s stirring production captures the exuberance of youth as well as its heart-piercing vulnerability... clearheaded direction... boisterous choreography, and sensitive performances”
Chicago Reader

“BoHo really puts together a beautiful aesthetic for this production... music director Ellen K. Morris has the entire ensemble impressing”
Chicago Stage Standard

“BoHo's Dogfight hits all the right notes... a beautiful story that is all at once touching, humorous, and cathartic... There is no weak link in the entire ensemble of actors... Under Sullivan's insightful direction, Dogfight is a delightful and moving night of theatre”
Broadway World

“Handsomely sung, well-acted, wisely cast... Boho's fluid, energetic production is directed with clarity and compassion by artistic director Peter Marston Sullivan... a swaggering celebration of carousing sung by music director Ellen K. Morris' first-rate male chorus.” ★★★½
Daily Herald

“A feast for those who like their musicals meaty... Director Peter Marston Sullivan has a sure hand with the piece, giving it an energetic and masculine tone that becomes sensitive in the quieter moments” ★★★½
Chicago Theater Beat

“With wizard casting, useful projections and very natural storytelling, Peter Marston Sullivan’s staging finds good in everything it mirrors”
Stage and Cinema